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Oklahoma attorney general renews challenge to Obama administration's health care act

Two months after an unfavorable ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to strike down state challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has amended his lawsuit to address new complaints and new issues with the Obama administration's health care act.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Published: September 20, 2012

Oklahoma's attorney general is taking on President Barack Obama's health care act for a second time, renewing the state's initial lawsuit to get a fresh day in court.

Scott Pruitt's initial challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was put on hold by Judge Ronald White pending a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on a similar challenge coming from Florida.

The Supreme Court issued an opinion in June and, much to the chagrin of Pruitt and the 27 other states involved in challenges to the act, the high court upheld the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance or else face a fine.

The court ruled that while the federal government did not have the authority to issue such a mandate under the Commerce Clause, Congress could impose a tax to the same effect.

“Oklahoma is in a unique position with the only active lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act to hold the federal government accountable in how it implements the law,” Pruitt said in a written statement. “Now that the Supreme Court has deemed the ACA a tax, and therefore constitutional, the federal government must follow the law and proper procedures, and that is not being done.”

Initially, the complaint filed against the act focused on the constitutionality of forcing individuals to purchase health insurance.

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